Don’t you hate it when the little ones get sick? It is just the worst- especially cold and flu season when you really can’t do anything for them. The first thing that always comes to my mind when my kiddos are sick is either a nice warm bath or a hot shower.
I like to make this super fast and easy little Vapo Gel for the bath tub. This is basically just soap but it has that soothing Vick’s smell to it to clear the sinuses. I find my kids will sqoosh this around and play with it with their fingers- so the fragrances have a better chance of working their magic then just by using regular shower gel.
Adults can certainly use this too! These shower gels are really easy to make and fancy soap stores charge a small fortune for them.
This only takes a second to make and just two ingredients:
- Soothing Vapo Wash- I like the Target brand in the baby section but any brand will work
- Unflavored Gelatine packets- these are in the baking aisle and they cost about $1.50 for (4)
And the recipe is very easy:
- Add 3/4 cup water to a saucepan and bring to boil
- Meanwhile, empty one packet of gelatine into a small bowl
- Once the water comes to a boil just add it to the bowl and stir to dissolve all the gelatine.
- Set aside to cool- about 15 minutes.
- Add 1/2 cup Body Wash and stir.
- Place in a container of your choice- any small jar, bowl, or you can also use a silicone mold to make fun little shapes or disks. A mini muffin pan also works.
- Put in fridge to set for about 4 hours.
Once the gel sets (so it is firm like Jello) you are ready to go! If you make these into little disks you should be able to get about 8 from this recipe. Otherwise you can put it in a jar to keep in the shower and just scoop it out with your fingers.
My kids love these- I slip them into the bath and give them the little gels to play with.
This recipe will make about 8 large disks or a medium sized jar as pictured above. The jar I used is roughly 8oz in size. Any leftover gel should be stored in the fridge so it doesn’t dry out.
You should still have 2/3rds of your shower gel plus 3 more packets of gelatine- so this recipe is very inexpensive.
And this isn’t just for sick days. You can also just make these as a fun little bathtime treat for the kiddos or for yourself. These bath jellies are $7 to purchase at Lush and they are so inexpensive and easy to make yourself.
Head over here for a fun variation on Homemade Bath jellies. For the recipe below I used regular old bubble bath instead of the soothing vapo body wash.